Kyle Larson Unstoppable in Warren Cat Chili Bowl Opener

Kyle Larson advanced position 33 times to finally land in Victory Lane in Tuesday's Warren Cat Chili Bowl Opener. Larson was joined on the podium by Brad Loyet and Spencer Bayston. (Chili Bowl / Pat Grant)
Kyle Larson advanced position 33 times to finally land in Victory Lane in Tuesday’s Warren Cat Chili Bowl Opener. Larson was joined on the podium by Brad Loyet and Spencer Bayston. (Chili Bowl / Pat Grant)

Bryan Hulbert – TULSA, Okla. (January 13, 2015) From disaster to triumph, following a Heat Race crash, Kyle Larson raced to three feature victories during Tuesday’s Warren Cat Qualifying Night. His third career Preliminary Night A-Feature victory, Larson won his C-Feature from sixth, the B-Feature from thirteenth, and finally the 25-lap A-Feature to lock himself into the championship event of the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire.

“No, not at all,” commented Larson when asked if he thought he’d be sitting in Victory Lane. “I thought it’d be tough to get to the “A”. I could get through the “C” and thought it would be close on getting to the “A” from the “B”. If I was to get to the “A”, I thought if I could finish in the top-six or seven, it would be a solid recovery. Everything seemed to fall my way after that Heat Race accident.”

Cracking the top-ten on Lap 4 from seventeenth, two attempts following the caution saw the Kunz Motorsports No. 71k shoot to seventh on Lap 6. Playing a caution on Laps 10, Larson was able to race to third around early race leader, Levi Jones, on Lap 12.

Levi Jones (56) - Zach Daum (5D) - Brad Loyet (05) - Tim Moran Photo
Levi Jones (56) – Zach Daum (5D) – Brad Loyet (05) – Tim Moran Photo

Claiming the runner-up spot on Lap 15, Larson trailed the Daum Insurance No. 5d by nearly a straight-a-way. Inching closer and closer, traffic would have to come into play in order to have a shot at the Illinois shoe; and it did as Daum was forced to shut down to avoid the spun No. 56 of Levi Jones and No 27 of Alex Bright.

To the green with five laps remaining, Larson was uncontested to the checkered flag.

In his first time behind the wheel of Midget since running the Chili Bowl in 2014, Missouri’s Brad Loyet wheeled the Vacuworx Global No. 05 to the second podium step; despite nearly losing the handle at the race’s halfway point.

Jake Neuman - Tim Moran Photo
Jake Neuman – Tim Moran Photo

“It was one of those things where I kind of got caught early on following Daum and watching his line. Every time he’d make a mistake, I’d make one. My car was a little bit too snug and when I almost lost everything about half-way through the race, I sat back and relaxed, and realized that if we make some solid laps here, we’re going to be in the show on Saturday.”

On track to be the 2015 Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston put his Racer’s for Autism No. 39b into Saturday’s feature event with the third and final transfer from Tuesday’s A-Feature.

Brady Loyet (05) - Zach Daum (5D) - Tim Moran Photo
Brady Loyet (05) – Zach Daum (5D) – Tim Moran Photo

“I’m really just in awe right now. I’m just in shock. I’m sitting here shaking, and trying to get through my mind that I just made it in the A-Main,” said Bayston. “Two years ago, I was sitting at home watching YouTube videos of Kyle, Brad, and Bryan, and all those guys race around here. To be racing against them is a true honor.”

Joey Saldana raced from twelfth to fourth with Terry Babb completing the top-five.

Colten Cottle from twenty-third claimed sixth with Jake Neuman seventh. Racing through a B-Feature, New Zealand’s Michal Pickens clawed from twentieth to eighth with Zach Dam coming back to finish ninth. Joey Moughan rounded out the top-ten.

Sammy Swindell - Tim Moran Photo
Sammy Swindell – Tim Moran Photo
The Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions saw Sammy Swindell claiming his fourth VIROC victory since 2009. Handed the fourth starting spot by son, Kevin, in a revenge draw, Sammy had to forfeit the No. 1 draw to 1990 Chili Bowl Champion, John Heydenreich; something he was less than pleased about. Even having to give up the pole, Swindell grabbed the lead on the opening lap, and was only challenged on the closing lap by Bryan Clauson, who pulled nearly even with Swindell on the cushion in the final turns. Clauson settle for second, after starting twelfth, with Cory Kruseman, Christopher Bell, and Kyle Larson completing the top-five.

Tuesday’s Warren Cat Qualifying Night saw 85 drivers draw in. Of those, nine ended up going over. All were able to walk away under their own power.

The 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire continues with Wednesday’s River Spirit Casino Qualifying Night with 82 drivers scheduled to qualify. Hot Laps begin at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 6:00 P.M. (CT). General Admission seating is available with the purchase of a Pit Pass.

For more information on the Chili Bowl, including a complete schedule of events, log onto http://www.chilibowl.com.

Results:

Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
Tulsa Expo Raceway – Tulsa, Okla.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Warren Cat Qualifying Night

Car Count: 85

Budweiser Heat Races: Top 40 in passing points advance to Qualifiers.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 11A-Andrew Felker[1]; 2. 71X-Tyler Courtney[4]; 3. 17T-Travis Scott[5]; 4. 44D-Philip Dietz[3]; 5. (DNF) 35F-Michael Faccinto[2]; 6. (DNF) 71K-Kyle Larson[8]; 7. (DNF) 33C-Chase Briscoe[6]; DNS 27K-Kyle Keeler

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 78-Nick Wean[6]; 2. 7SS-Wade Seiler[1]; 3. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[5]; 4. 80-Josh Hawkins[7]; 5. 2HH-Nathan Benson[2]; 6. 22D-David Stephenson[4]; 7. (DNF) 75L-Lee Dakus[8]; 8. (DNF) 1B-Bobby Brewer[3]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 11C-Chett Gehrke[4]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet[1]; 3. 5D-Zach Daum[8]; 4. 86C-David Camfield[2]; 5. 12C-Chris Stockham[6]; 6. 13JR-Jock Thacker[3]; 7. (DNF) 58X-Lance Bennett[5]; 8. (DNF) 9$-Kyle Clark[7]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 35-Billy Wease[2]; 2. 98D-Clint Boyles[1]; 3. 63NZ-Michael Pickens[8]; 4. 0T-Tyler Brehm[7]; 5. 4R-Ryan Greth[3]; 6. 7X-Gage Walker[5]; 7. 19-Steven Drevicki[6]; 8. (DNF) 18-Tony Bruce Jr[4]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Alex Bright[2]; 2. 17S-Dominic Scelzi[5]; 3. 7C-Chance Morton[1]; 4. 52C-Isaac Chapple[8]; 5. 83H-Jonathan Halford[7]; 6. 94-Darren Kingston[3]; 7. 0K-Don O’Keefe Jr[6]; 8. (DNF) 93-Dustin Morgan[4]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[3]; 2. 7K-Robby Parish[7]; 3. 16-Brandon Matus[5]; 4. 14S-Steve Schaberg[8]; 5. 35M-Matt Sherrell[6]; 6. 32A-Garrett Aitken[1]; 7. 48-Taylor Forbes[2]; 8. (DNF) 1P-Terry Nichols[4]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 56-Levi Jones[3]; 2. 5C-Colten Cottle[1]; 3. 17E-Blake Edwards[4]; 4. 79J-Jacob Patton[5]; 5. 2-Ryan Hall[7]; 6. 7-Shannon McQueen[6]; 7. 12K-Chris Dyson[2]; 8. 12S-Bryan Severs[8]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 88B-Terry Babb[4]; 2. 83G-Matt Gilbert[2]; 3. 0G-Glenn Styres[7]; 4. 21H-Harlan Hulsey[1]; 5. 87F-Brian McClelland[8]; 6. 25G-Dustin Golobic[3]; 7. P40-Aaron Dromgoole[5]; 8. 55T-Tony Everhart[6]

Heat 9 (8 Laps): 1. 39B-Spencer Bayston[3]; 2. 1W-Mike Wheeler[1]; 3. 3N-Jake Neuman[6]; 4. 4-Caleb Armstrong[7]; 5. 19N-Nick O’Neal[2]; 6. 91W-Mickey Walker[4]; 7. 1PW-Paul White[5]

Heat 10 (8 Laps): 1. R8-Joey Moughan[2]; 2. 8J-Jonathan Beason[3]; 3. 22Q-David Prickett[7]; 4. 31E-Evan Sewell[1]; 5. 9U-Doug McCune[4]; 6. 7CH-Critter Malone[5]; 7. (DNF) 4X-Shawn Petersen[6]

Heat 11 (8 Laps): 1. 19P-Robert Ballou[1]; 2. 23-Jimmy Light[4]; 3. 21S-Joey Saldana[7]; 4. 76M-Adam Pearson[5]; 5. 51J-R.J. Johnson[2]; 6. 81-Ryan Beechler[6]; 7. (DNF) 15M-Travis Herman[3]

D-Features: Top 2 advance to corresponding C-Feature.

D Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 32A-Garrett Aitken[2]; 2. 4X-Shawn Petersen[4]; 3. 19-Steven Drevicki[3]; 4. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[9]; 5. 1PW-Paul White[5]; 6. 55T-Tony Everhart[8]; 7. 94-Darren Kingston[1]; 8. (DNF) 48-Taylor Forbes[7]; 9. (DNF) 1P-Terry Nichols[10]; 10. (DNF) 27K-Kyle Keeler[11]; DNS 15M-Travis Herman

D Feature 2 (10 Laps): 1. 33C-Chase Briscoe[2]; 2. 25G-Dustin Golobic[1]; 3. P40-Aaron Dromgoole[4]; 4. 12S-Bryan Severs[6]; 5. 58X-Lance Bennett[5]; 6. 12K-Chris Dyson[7]; 7. 0K-Don O’Keefe Jr[3]; 8. (DNF) 93-Dustin Morgan[9]; DNS 9$-Kyle Clark; DNS 1B-Bobby Brewer

C-Features: Top 4 advance to corresponding B-Feature.

C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 71K-Kyle Larson[6]; 2. 35M-Matt Sherrell[3]; 3. 7C-Chance Morton[1]; 4. 35F-Michael Faccinto[7]; 5. 2-Ryan Hall[2]; 6. 32A-Garrett Aitken[13]; 7. 7X-Gage Walker[10]; 8. 4X-Shawn Petersen[14]; 9. 21H-Harlan Hulsey[4]; 10. 91W-Mickey Walker[12]; 11. 7-Shannon McQueen[9]; 12. 75L-Lee Dakus[11]; 13. 12C-Chris Stockham[5]; 14. 19N-Nick O’Neal[8]

C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 51J-R.J. Johnson[8]; 2. 86C-David Camfield[3]; 3. 22D-David Stephenson[11]; 4. 81-Ryan Beechler[9]; 5. 9U-Doug McCune[5]; 6. 25G-Dustin Golobic; 7. 31E-Evan Sewell[4]; 8. (DNF) 44D-Philip Dietz[2]; 9. (DNF) 2HH-Nathan Benson[7]; 10. (DNF) 83H-Jonathan Halford[1]; 11. (DNF) 4R-Ryan Greth[6]; 12. (DNF) 7CH-Critter Malone[10]; 13. (DNF) 13JR-Jock Thacker[12]

Qualifiers: Top 16 in combined passing points advance to the A-Feature.

Qualifier 1 (10 Laps): 1. 19P-Robert Ballou[1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[5]; 3. 05-Brad Loyet[9]; 4. 35-Billy Wease[3]; 5. 78-Nick Wean[6]; 6. 23-Jimmy Light[2]; 7. 0T-Tyler Brehm[8]; 8. 17E-Blake Edwards[10]; 9. 0G-Glenn Styres[4]; 10. 17T-Travis Scott[7]

Qualifier 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5D-Zach Daum[2]; 2. 56-Levi Jones[5]; 3. 27-Alex Bright[3]; 4. 52C-Isaac Chapple[1]; 5. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[7]; 6. 22Q-David Prickett[4]; 7. 4-Caleb Armstrong[8]; 8. 7K-Robby Parish[6]; 9. 98D-Clint Boyles[9]; 10. 87F-Brian McClelland[10]

Qualifier 3 (10 Laps): 1. 3N-Jake Neuman[2]; 2. 39B-Spencer Bayston[5]; 3. 21S-Joey Saldana[4]; 4. 88B-Terry Babb[6]; 5. R8-Joey Moughan[3]; 6. 5C-Colten Cottle[9]; 7. 79J-Jacob Patton[10]; 8. 16-Brandon Matus[7]; 9. 14S-Steve Schaberg[1]; 10. 83G-Matt Gilbert[8]

Qualifier 4 (10 Laps): 1. 8J-Jonathan Beason[1]; 2. 11A-Andrew Felker[2]; 3. 17S-Dominic Scelzi[5]; 4. 71X-Tyler Courtney[3]; 5. 11C-Chett Gehrke[4]; 6. 80-Josh Hawkins[7]; 7. 76M-Adam Pearson[10]; 8. 1W-Mike Wheeler[9]; 9. 7SS-Wade Seiler[8]; 10. (DNF) 63NZ-Michael Pickens[6]

B-Features: Top 4 advance to the A-Feature.

B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 71K-Kyle Larson[13]; 2. R8-Joey Moughan[2]; 3. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[1]; 4. 5C-Colten Cottle[3]; 5. 4-Caleb Armstrong[6]; 6. 35F-Michael Faccinto[16]; 7. 23-Jimmy Light[5]; 8. 76M-Adam Pearson[7]; 9. 14S-Steve Schaberg[11]; 10. 35M-Matt Sherrell[14]; 11. 98D-Clint Boyles[10]; 12. 7C-Chance Morton[15]; 13. 7K-Robby Parish[4]; 14. 83G-Matt Gilbert[12]; 15. (DNF) 0G-Glenn Styres[9]; 16. (DNF) 1W-Mike Wheeler[8]

B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 52C-Isaac Chapple[2]; 2. 63NZ-Michael Pickens[9]; 3. 79J-Jacob Patton[6]; 4. 7SS-Wade Seiler[10]; 5. 51J-R.J. Johnson[13]; 6. 17E-Blake Edwards[7]; 7. 0T-Tyler Brehm[5]; 8. 16-Brandon Matus[8]; 9. 81-Ryan Beechler[16]; 10. 22D-David Stephenson[15]; 11. 17T-Travis Scott[11]; 12. 87F-Brian McClelland[12]; 13. (DNF) 86C-David Camfield[14]; 14. (DNF) 11C-Chett Gehrke[1]; 15. (DNF) 80-Josh Hawkins[4]; 16. (DNF) 22Q-David Prickett[3]

VIROC VII

VIROC VII (20 Laps): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell[4]; 2. 63-Bryan Clauson[12]; 3. 21K-Cory Kruseman[5]; 4. 71-Christopher Bell[9]; 5. 71K-Kyle Larson[6]; 6. 39-Kevin Swindell[14]; 7. 97-Rico Abreu[3]; 8. 24-Tracy Hines[10]; 9. 71L-Damion Gardner[7]; 10. 5-Jerry Coons Jr[15]; 11. 47X-Tim McCreadie[11]; 12. (DNF) 6K-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[2]; 13. (DNF) 05-Brad Loyet[13]; 14. (DNF) 1ST-J.J. Yeley[8]; 15. (DNF) 15X-Chad Boat[16]; 16. (DNF) 22-John Heydenreich[1]

A-Feature: Top 3 advance to Saturday’s A-Feature.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 71K-Kyle Larson[17]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet[4]; 3. 39B-Spencer Bayston[3]; 4. 21S-Joey Saldana[12]; 5. 88B-Terry Babb[7]; 6. 5C-Colten Cottle[23]; 7. 3N-Jake Neuman[6]; 8. 63NZ-Michael Pickens[20]; 9. 5D-Zach Daum[5]; 10. R8-Joey Moughan[19]; 11. 2ND-Jeb Sessums[21]; 12. 27-Alex Bright[14]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[1]; 14. 56-Levi Jones[2]; 15. 11A-Andrew Felker[13]; 16. 52C-Isaac Chapple[18]; 17. 8J-Jonathan Beason[11]; 18. 7SS-Wade Seiler[24]; 19. 79J-Jacob Patton[22]; 20. (DNF) 35-Billy Wease[15]; 21. (DNF) 78-Nick Wean[9]; 22. (DNF) 17S-Dominic Scelzi[8]; 23. (DNF) 19P-Robert Ballou[10]; 24. (DNF) 71X-Tyler Courtney[16]

Lap Leader(s): Levi Jones 1-7; Zach Daum 8-20; Kyle Larson 21-24;

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